July 30, 2018
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Battle Of Giants Dream Team

Following the completion of the 2018 INKK Mobile Battle Of Giants (BOG) at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday, FijiLive has picked a Dream Team of the tournament.

The team features 11 best players based on their form and game time they had.

A list of other exciting and consistent players who impressed and gave their best for the respective districts follows the Dream Team.

Simione Tamanisau (Suva)-  Being the most experienced goalkeeper in the tournament, he guided the Whites very well and stood tall between the sticks in the crucial matches. Though he conceded four goals, his contribution in the 516 minutes of football that he played in the tournament was immense.

-Avinesh Swamy (Ba)-  He was solid in defence and guided the Men In Black very well. His timing, control and ability to set-up counter attacks was something that stood out.
-Epeli Leiroti (Suva)-  The youngster really adapted well at right-back for the Whites and did some solid defending during the tournament. He also made some over-lapping runs and sent in deep crosses to the attackers to score goals in group stage matches.
-Waisake Navunigasau (Suva)-  the lanky Policeman was one of the consistent performers for the Capital City boys. His ability to read attacking moves and win possession from aerial battles made him a tough defender to go past.
-Lekima Gonerau (Labasa)-  He was one of the most consistent left-backs in the tournament. He made a lot of timely over-laps on the flank and distributed over two dozen good crosses to the attackers in the matches he played.  He was denied by the left post in the semifinal against Suva.
-Ilisoni Loloivalu (Labasa)-  His work rate was tremendous in the tournament and his silky skills and ability to easily win possession and set-up counterattacks was incredible.

-Malakai Tiwa (Ba)- Tiwa’s creative style of play and ability to set-up attackers through neat and swift passes from the heart of the midfield saw the Men In Black score some good goals in the tournament. He also led the team well as the Captain.
-Abbu Zahid (Ba)-  Zahid unarguably was the tournament’s top  player as he consistently played in all the games for Ba. He netted a total of 5 goals and finished as the tournament’s top finisher. His goal in the final set the tone for Ba to clinch their 17th BOG title.
-Ravinesh Karan Singh (Suva)-  As Captain, he led the Whites well in midfield and scored a brace of goals in the tournament as well. He set-up some good goals as well and was often seen falling back in defence to cover up for his teammates.

-Saula Waqa (Ba)-  the lanky marksman regained his scoring form in the tournament and netted three goals. His physical presence upfront always kept opposing defenders on alert. Waqa’s speed and silky skills often saw him beat the opposition easily.
-Samuela Nabenia (Ba)- Despite playing only the semifinal and final, Nabenia proved his worth as one of the top finishers in the tournament. He netted a brace of goals in their 4-0 win over Nadi and again scored a goal in the final against Suva. His blistering speed accompanied his skills well.

Other consistent players include Meli Codro (Ba), Rusiate Matarerega (Nadi), Kelvin Naidu (Suva), Sakaraia Naisua (Suva), Zibraaz Sahib (Lautoka),  Ilaisa Nayasi (Labasa), Akeimi Ralulu (Dreketi), Vilive Naulalevu (Tavua), Sairusi Nalaubu (Rewa), Dave Radrigai (Lautoka), William Valentine (Nadi), Martin Nasova (Rewa), Antonio Tuivuna (Labasa), Thomas Steiner (Labasa) and Bruce Hughes (Suva).

Find of the Tournament
-Kini Madigi (Ba)- the 18-year-old midfielder was one of the most sensational youngster in action during the tournament. He started a few matches and was used as an impact player off-the-bench in the final where he assisted in the set-up of the opening goal by Abbu Zahid.
-Apete Ravudolo (Rewa)- the 19-year-old goalkeeper made his debut against Suva and did not disappoint as he made a number of daring saves in their 2-1 victory.

By Reginald Chandar




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